Here are three things that are more or less constant in terms of how I view the world:
1.) There are essentially two kinds of people: THINKERS and BELIEVERS.
2.) The previous statement refers to the manner in which one looks at the world, NOT necessarily to whether or not one is a "person of faith" - though, obviously, there are some incidenta correlations.
3.) While the situation may have been different in the past, Believers haven't been doing much in the way of long-term good for the world in a long, long time; and today they function almost exclusively as a series of annoying roadblocks holding the rest of the world back from a better future.
When right-wing muckraker Andrew Breitbart passed away suddenly earlier this year, the mainstream news outlets that he'd made a career of slandering with bogus "bias" charges bent over backwards to be generous and recall the good points of the guy; partly out of deference to his grieving family, but also perhaps in the knowledge that his legion of ill-informed followers - Believers who'd absorbed the ridiculous mythology of the Liberal Media Boogeyman whole - were poised to descend upon them en masse if they did otherwise.
Try to keep that extension to goodwill in mind, as you read the comments from Breitbart's acolytes posted on this Breitbart blog post announcing the death of actual journalist Mike Wallace.
Some choice samples from the comment thread:
"A charming socialist is still a socialist."
"Obama has one less vote now."
"A shining member of the mentally retarded left-wing liberal mainstream media, the people who conspired and lied, AND CONTINUE TO CONSPIRE AND LIE, in order to advance an equally retarded left-wing liberal agenda, an agenda that CREATED America's Second Great Depression.
Good riddance to bad rubbish."
"WHAT EVER! Sorry for Chris, lost his Dad but all this nonsense about this liberal knucklehead being legendary is so much baloney."
"Wallace personally caused SeeBS to be involved in several costly lawsuits by his skewing of the facts(remember Gen William Westmoreland) . Wallace was a commie ideologue, plain and simple. Every a$$clown on "60 minutes" was, whether it was Wallace, Ed Bradley, Morley Safer, and worse of all, Andy Rooney."
"Wallace was a sham. He refused to go after hard left figures(he once refused an assignment to interview Bill Ayers in 1974), yet some of his harder-hitting "stories" turned out to be somewhat less. Like most media, he was a commie ideolgoue first, and it showed in his reporting."
For all the nonsense about "voter fraud" currently slithering through the media - both as a desperation-gambit to suppress Democrat-leaning voters during the election and fuel the accusations of Obama's illegitimacy after - it bothers me a hell of a lot more that some of these people are actual voters. Churchill may have been correct when he called Democracy may be "the worst form of government except all the others;" but forgive me if I seem increasingly less romantic about a system that holds the governing input of the ignorant and the paranoid "equal" to that of the intelligent and the rational.